Reed would like to see Biden offer more investment to IllinoisReed added that in addition to the federal proposals, he’d like to see Illinois allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate-level early-childhood education programs. The state is facing a teacher shortage, and Reed said having that option at local community colleges would make a big difference for local workforces – especially in rural areas. “For students that live in some of our remote areas,” said Reed, “the idea of going to Western Illinois, or to the University of Illinois, is just not something that they can do when they’re trying to balance their family needs when they’re trying to balance their local work needs. “ Negotiations are ongoing in Congress. Reed added that expanding access to affordable child care is another crucial piece of the Biden proposals – he said one reason many people are struggling to return to work is that their child-care needs aren’t being met. Reporting by Lily Bohlke
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